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1500 ESPN & FOX 9/My29 To Air United Soccer Games

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FOX 9/My29 and 1500 ESPN have joined forces to strike a broadcast partnership with Minnesota United, which will place the team’s games on local television and radio for the 2017 Major League Soccer season. Fans will be able to watch all non-nationally broadcast MNUFC matches on My29, and can hear every match simulcast on 1500 ESPN.

My29 partnered with the United last year, broadcasting all of the team’s games during the 2016 season. The partnership with 1500 ESPN is the first radio broadcast agreement in club history.

Sheila Oliver, Vice President and General Manager of FOX 9 and My29 said, “It’s going to be a fun year for the Minnesota United. This is a great team with a bright and exciting future and we are proud to continue our partnership as their television home for live games.”

The broadcast will feature play-by-play announcer Callum Willliams, color commentator Kyndra de St. Aubin and sideline reporter Jamie Watson. Williams has called MLS and top European league matches for major broadcasters in England, de St. Aubin has covered the men’s and women’s national teams, and has been a part of MLS and college broadcast crews throughout her career, and Watson is a former Loons player, with a career spanning all levels of pro soccer in the U.S.

“Minnesota United is looking forward to continuing our partnership with FOX 9 and My29 in our inaugural MLS season, plus beginning a new one with 1500 ESPN,” added MNUFC President Nick Rogers. “The team we’ve put together for our TV broadcasts is a fantastic one. The mix of experiences from Callum’s background in England to Kyndra’s work covering the national teams to Jamie’s history with the club will make for a strong blend of voices to represent Minnesota United and engage our fans.”

Long-time soccer announcer Chris Lidholm will be the studio host for pre-match, half time and post-match for all matches on 1500 ESPN. Lidholm has commentated on soccer matches in Minnesota for over 20 years, and was the club’s television play-by-play announcer from 2010 to 2016.

“This is so cool,” said 1500 ESPN Program Director Brad Lane. “We couldn’t be more excited to help usher in a new generation of play-by-play on the radio in the Twin Cities with the inaugural MLS season for Minnesota United. We look forward to serving what’s been an untapped audience of passionate soccer fans by partnering with MNUFC.”

Minnesota United will feature in several nationally broadcast matches throughout the season. Eight matches are currently set to be on national stations including Fox Sports 1 and ESPN networks. The March 3rd season opener can be seen on Fox Sports 1, with a special radio broadcast on myTalk 107.1 FM.

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Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”

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Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.

“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”

“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.

After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.

Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.

“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.

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Longtime Hornets Analyst, Radio Host Gerry Vaillancourt Dies

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia.”

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Gerry Vaillancourt, a voice synonymous with Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets basketball, passed away over the weekend.

According to information provided to the Charlotte Observer from the family, Vaillancourt, affectionately known at “Gerry V,” died due to complications from a heart condition.

Vaillancourt was a mainstay on Hornets broadcasts dating back to the franchise’s inception in the 80s. Additionally, he was a fixture on sports talk radio. Vaillancourt hosted shows on WCNT, WFNZ and WBT in Charlotte, as well as on 1280 AM and WRNO in New Orleans.

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia,” WBT and Hornets colleague Jim Szoke told the Charlotte Observer. “I used to love when Hubie Brown was on as a regular guest and listening to them talk hoops in great detail.”

Vaillancourt was born and raised in New York City. He played basketball collegiately at Gardner-Webb University and coached at James Madison, Davidson, and Appalachian State.

He was 72 years old.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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